Climate Chaos highlights urgent choice on energy
24th Jan 2016 | 2 Comments
This week saw 2015 recorded as the hottest global year ever.
To say that 2015 was hot is actually an understatement. The average recorded temperature across the surface of the planet was so far above normal that it set a record for setting records.
The year was more than a quarter of a degree Fahrenheit warmer than the last global heat record—set all the way back in 2014—according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration figures released on Wednesday. A quarter of a degree may not sound like much, but on a planetary scale it's a huge leap. Most previous records were measured by hundredths of a degree.
The implications of this latest climate record are quite extraordinary.
2015 was the first full year to break the 1C barrier above pre-industrial levels - a key benchmark for warming.
Much of the warming has happened in the past 35 years, says Nasa, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.
And Dr Thomas Karl, who directs the administration's National Centers for Environmental Information, said current conditions would likely lead to 2016 being as warm as - if not warmer than - 2015.
This point was echoed by Dr Gavin Schmidt, from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which oversees the Nasa data record.
"The reason why this is such a warm record year is because of the long-term warming trend, and there is no evidence that that warming trend has slowed, paused, or hiatused at any point in the last few decades," he told reporters.
Environmentalism is a duty not an interest
This week marked another milestone for climate change.
The 90th birthday of possibly our greatest living environmental broadcaster.
David Attenborough inspires millions to engage with and understand more about our fragile Planet Earth. An expert communicator of the imminent threat of climate change, he regularly uses his influence to explain how a rapidly shifting climate is causing extreme damage to the natural world as well as the long term implications of this chaos for human civilisation.
In an interview with George Monbiot of the Guardian, Sir David sums up exactly why I set up Climate Gardens and why I want to work with businesses to act NOW on climate change.
“I don’t have a rosy view of life, of the future. I look at my grandchildren and think, ‘What are they going to have to deal with?’, of course I do.
How could you not?”
Businesses are slowly starting to embed this concept into everything they do: research and development, product sourcing, manufacturing, operations, financial forecasts, leadership, sustainability programmes and beyond.
Climate Gardens suggests this is a unique opportunity for global investors to speed up the clean energy transformation urgently required to limit global warming below 2C and strive to keep temperatures at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, as agreed by countries at COP21.
How could we not?